Get to know our RD, Randi Karlinsky
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I decided to become a Registered Dietitian one afternoon while baking during my senior year of high school. I was trying out some new ingredients for healthier chocolate chip cookies when my mom came in and asked if I wanted to do this for a living. I had no idea it was an even an option! Almost 10 years later, I've been a practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for 4 years. I consider myself a “No Diet Dietitian” meaning I do not believe restriction is ever the answer (with respect to specific medical conditions of course) and am proud to practice what I preach.
I currently live in Chicago with my husband of 1 year. Since we moved in together over two years ago, my eating and planning habits have slightly changed. When living alone, I was extremely diligent about meal prepping every Sunday for the week ahead. I would make my list, go to the grocery store and upon arriving home, would make all of my breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and sometimes even dinners depending on that week’s schedule. Fast forward to now, grocery shopping and meal prep is a little different, planning for two instead of just myself. I usually map out my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks on one list and our dinner schedule on another. Depending on the week, we may eat anywhere from 3-5 dinners together. My husband’s cooking skills are, as he describes, limited so anything involving cooking is usually my territory.
A typical day of eating for me involves some sort of oatmeal with fruit for breakfast and either leftovers from our dinner the night before or a turkey sandwich for lunch. My sandwich is always complimented with a side of baby carrots and sometimes hummus for dipping. Snacks are usually a combination of fruit, yogurt, cheese, and nuts. I like keeping the weekdays simple, especially while at work. I spend a lot of time on my feet, so fueling my body properly takes priority. Plus, I really do enjoy eating these foods during the day, no matter how boring they might sound.
Don’t get the wrong idea here, my daily intake is not perfect, nor do I want it to be.
One thing I have learned is the majority of dietitians have one thing in common. We LOVE food! I am no exception. My favorite foods include everything from pizza to French fries and really anything my mom makes, she taught me everything I know/ The trick is choosing when and how to really enjoy these foods while still leading a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.
I love that being an RDN has allowed me to live such a healthy lifestyle and lets me help others do the same! I wouldn’t trade this profession in for anything else.